Small restaurant weddings have become super popular in the past couple of years. As a huge food lover myself, I am a big fan of this trend. And the Twin Cities have some truly great restaurants! Zane & David’s intimate downtown Minneapolis wedding was about close friends and family spending an intimate dinner together with an art deco vibe. They chose 801 Chophouse as their venue, because who doesn’t want a giant golden bull as the backdrop to your reception? This venue also has a separate side room that can be used for the ceremony and dinner, so you don’t need to rent out the whole place! On Nicollet Ave in downtown Minneapolis, it is a prime location if you want to do some bar hopping afterward.
Before heading over to the restaurant for their ceremony and dinner, we spent some time with just the grooms. We found a buildings with gorgeous architectural features for the perfect backdrop!
Zane & David’s friends and family were already starting to arrive at the restaurant when we showed up. They had already seen most of them this morning when they hosted a brunch for them all at their apartment (yes, they hosted all of these people on the morning of their own wedding!), and casually chatted as we waited for everyone to arrive for the ceremony.
Once all of the guests arrived and had a glass of wine in hand, it was time for the ceremony. Officiated by a close friend of the couple, they shared the sweetest vows, a high five, and their first kiss as a married couple.
Now it was dinner time! If you are going to have your wedding at a restaurant, of course the food is going to be a main feature of your wedding. Guests were served caesar salad, lobster bisque, filet mignon, king salmon, mashed potatoes, and grilled broccolini – yum! Before the night was over, we snuck the couple outside for a few nighttime photos.